There will be no festival in 2020
The next Rathmines Catalina Festival will be held on 30 May 2021
To book a seaplane ride at the Festival, please email
This great community event
showcases Rathmines and Lake Macquarie, with an awesome air show, featuring formation AEROBATIC display, seaplane rides, seaplanes on display, live music, great food and much more.
Please refer to our Siteplan page for more information about
Accessibility and Inclusion
The Rathmines Catalina Association gratefully acknowledges the sponsorship and support of the following companies and organisations. Without their generous assistance, the Festival would not be able to take place.
DRONES ARE BANNED at the Festival
The Rathmines Catalina Festival is held by the Rathmines Catalina Association in May to celebrate the rich history of the WWII RAAF Base. Funds raised go towards the restoration of our PBY-5A Catalina flying boat. Catalina flying boats arrived at the Rathmines RAAF Base in 1941 and it became the largest RAAF flying boat base in the southern hemisphere. Now in its 11th year, the festival promotes the significance of the Base...